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Fishing
Fishing
Family fishing

For fishing in other games, see Fishing.
See also: Fishing spot
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Fishing is a skill in The Sims 3. This skill is gained by fishing in the ponds or ocean around the map. The higher their skill, the more types of fish they can catch. Books can be found at the bookstore showing the bait that can be used to catch specific fish, but a Sim can determine the bait through trial and error by simply selecting a bait and seeing what they catch. Water can be inspected to see what known fish can be caught there, and whether the fish are active.

The skill is augmented by the Angler and Loves The Outdoors traits. Children and older Sims with the Childish or Insane traits can fish in swimming pools.

With The Sims 3: Ambitions expansion pack, players can register as a self-employed fisher.

Statistics Edit

  • Number Caught
  • Fish Types Caught
  • Heaviest Fish Caught
  • Most Money Earned From Selling A Fish
  • Total Money Earned from Fishing

Challenges Edit

Amateur Ichthyologist
Amateur Ichthyologists have caught at least 20 types of fish. Their deep understanding of marine life helps them catch bigger fish than normal Sims.
Commercial Fisherman
Commercial Fishermen have caught at least 350 fish. They often catch more fish in less time than normal Sims.

Abilities Edit

Level Ability
1 Inspect Water
3 Choose bait
5 Use live bait

Every two levels the game announces the Sim can catch more fish and to check the bookstore.

The Sim can learn the bait type for a specific fish species by buying and reading the fishing books from the bookstore or just by successfully catching a particular species once using the right bait type. Fishing books are not available in the community public library.

All aquatic animals caught fishing can be kept as pets in an aquarium or they can be used to stock a pond.

Fish Edit

Image Skill Fish Rarity Bait Weight (Kg) Min Value (§) Max Value (§) EP
Minnow 0 Minnow Common Apple 0.1 - 0.5 5 11
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Anchovy 0 Anchovy Common Tomato 0.1 - 0.5 5 11
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Goldfish 1 Goldfish Common Lettuce 0.1 - 2 6 16
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Alley Catfish 1 Alley Catfish Uncommon Cheese 0.1 - 5 6 20
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Jellyfish 2 Jellyfish Common Grapes 0.1 - 10 8 19
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Rainbow Trout 2 Rainbow Trout Common Egg 1 - 10 9 18
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Red Herring 3 Red Herring Common Links 1 - 10 5 5
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Tuna 3 Tuna Common Onion 2 - 40 11 25
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Tragic Clownfish 4 Tragic Clownfish Uncommon Watermelon 5 - 15 14 30
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Siamese Catfish 4 Siamese Catfish Uncommon Bell Pepper 5 - 40 13 32
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Piranha 5 Piranha Common Minnow 3 - 25 14 41
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Blowfish 5 Blowfish Uncommon Potato 5 - 40 14 47
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Salmon 6 Salmon Common Lime 10 - 50 14 45
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Black Goldfish 6 Black Goldfish Common Goldfish 5 - 25 16 49
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Swordfish 7 Swordfish Common Anchovy 20 - 60 17 60
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Shark 7 Shark Uncommon Red Herring 1 - 150 7 70
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Angelfish 8 Angelfish Uncommon Alley Catfish 2 - 60 21 85
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Vampire Fish 8 Vampire Fish Rare Garlic 25 - 80 55 225
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Lobster 9 Lobster Common Tuna 5 - 50 25 120
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Robot Fish 9 Robot Fish Rare Piranha 250 - 1,000 50 275
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Deathfish 10 Deathfish Rare Angelfish 20 - 80 200 1,000
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Frog 0 Frog Common Cherimola Blan Grapes 0.1 - 1 6 13
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Doitsu Koi 0 Doitsu Koi Common Pomelo 1 - 25 7 14
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Kawarimono Koi 3 Kawarimono Koi Common Plum 1 - 25 14 28
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Snails 3 Snails Uncommon Renoit Grapes 0.1 - 1 8 20
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Crocodile 4 Crocodile Uncommon Siamese Catfish 1 - 400 14 40
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Ochiba Koi 5 Ochiba Koi Uncommon Pomelo 1 - 50 20 65
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Crawfish 5 Crawfish Uncommon Frog 0.1 - 3 15 45
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Tancho Koi 7 Tancho Koi Uncommon Plum 1 - 50 25 90
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Mummy Fish 8 Mummy Fish Rare Pomegranate 25 - 80 280 1,200
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Dragon Fish 9 Dragon Fish Rare Tancho Koi 40 - 150 60 300
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Sea Sludge 2 Sea Sludge Common Links 1 - 100 11 22
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Kissing Gourami 4 Kissing Gourami Common Goldfish 0.1 - 15 8 15
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Sewer Trilobite 6 Sewer Trilobite Common Minnow 1 - 100 35 75
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Sea Bat Starfish 1 Sea Bat Starfish Common Tofu 1 - 25 8 42
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Linckia Starfish 5 Linckia Starfish Uncommon Tofu 1 - 40 16 76
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Ninja Starfish 10 Ninja Starfish Rare Tofu 1 - 80 50 400
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Toad 1 Toad Common Red Toadstools 0.4 - 2 8 20
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Luminous Salamander 7 Luminous Salamander Uncommon Mycenas 0.1 - 1 20 90
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Fairy Damsel 8 Fairy Damsel Rare Glow Orbs 4 - 65 50 300
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Sea Urchin 1 Sea Urchin Common N/A 0.4 - 2 13 19
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Anemone 1 Anemone Common N/A 0.4 - 2 25 38
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Sea Polyp 1 Sea Polyp Common N/A 0.4 - 2 44 63
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Hermit Crab 4 Hermit Crab Uncommon N/A 0.4 - 2 158 188
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Octopus 4 Octopus Uncommon N/A 1 - 10 375 438
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Squid 7 Squid Uncommon N/A 1 - 10 500 563
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Eel 7 Eel Rare N/A 1 - 10 813 875
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Seahorse 9 Seahorse Rare N/A 0.4 - 2 1,063 1,250
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SporeFish 0 Three Eyed Fish Common Apple 2 - 10 5 25
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RainbowSnail 0 Rainbow Snail Common Lime 0.1 - 5 15 50
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NotesEdit

  • Ironically, the Vampire Fish's favorite bait is garlic, which is one of a vampire's weaknesses.
  • Robot Fish can be found in a pond in most science labs. It's the only fish that can weigh over one ton.
  • Deathfish can be found in a pond in graveyards. It can only be caught between midnight and 5 AM, unless it's caught from a Sim-made deathfish-stocked pond.
  • Red Herring is not a real fish, but a common expression for something that distracts attention from a real issue. Like most fish, herrings have silvery scales.
  • All fish from Island Paradise cannot be caught from fishing. The only way to catch them is from scuba diving in the diving areas, hence the lack of bait.

Trophies Edit

Fish can be mounted on walls by clicking on a fish in a Sim's inventory and choosing "send to be mounted" and paying a small fee around 70 Simoleons. The trophy should arrive the next day in the mailbox.

Fish can also be put in fish bowls or an aquarium[TS3:HELS]. Fish bowls can be bought in buy mode. All fish fit in a bowl, one fish per bowl or six fish per tank. Fish are nameable, but must be fed each day or they will die. Fish can be scooped out of bowls, and put back in a Sim's inventory.

Stocking Ponds Edit

Frog

Ribbit.

If a Sim has 10 or more fish of one type in their inventory, they can stock any pond with that fish. By stocking fish, a new type of fish is introduced in that pond. The pond will then contain an unlimited supply of that fish type for fishing.

There is no limit on how many different fish types there can be in one pond. Any type of fish or any type of pond will do, including Deathfish and ponds not on playable lots. Stocking a pond with the Deathfish (or any other fish, for that matter) will allow it to be caught at any time of the day in that pond.

A tip in obtaining better Death Fish is purchasing 10 Alley Catfish and stocking them in a pond in order to obtain a perfect Alley Catfish. Then fish 10 Angel Fish and stock them in the same pond. At midnight to 5am the angler will be able to get a very good or perfect Deathfish.

Buydebug Fishing SpawnersEdit

Fishing spots can be populated with fish by using fishing spawners. Fishing spawners can be found under the buy menu when the cheat buydebug is turned on. Here is a list of fish in the game, by fishing spawner:

Fish Fishing Spawner EP
Anchovy Ocean Common 1

Ocean Common 2

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Minnow Lake Common 1

Lake Common 2
France, Frog Pond

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Goldfish Lake Common 1

Lake Common 2
Lake Uncommon 1
China, Common
China, Koi 1

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Alley Catfish Lake Uncommon 2

Ocean Uncommon 1
Egypt, Oasis, Common
Egypt, Oasis, Rare
Egypt, River, Common
Egypt, River, Rare

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Jellyfish Ocean Common 1

Ocean Common 2
Ocean Uncommon 2

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Rainbow Trout Lake Common 1

Lake Uncommon 1
Lake Uncommon 2
France, Common 1
France, Common 2
France, Uncommon

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Red Herring Lake Common 1

Lake Common 2
Lake Uncommon 1
Lake Uncommon 2
Lake Rare
Ocean Common 1
Ocean Common 2
Ocean Uncommon 1
Ocean Uncommon 2
Ocean Rare
Robot Fish
Deathfish/Graveyard
China, Common
China, Uncommon
China, Rare
Egypt, Oasis, Common
Egypt, Oasis, Rare
Egypt, River, Common
Egypt, River, Rare
France, Common 1
France, Common 2
France, Uncommon
France, Rare

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Tuna Ocean Common 2

Ocean Uncommon 1

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Siamese Catfish Lake Common 1

Ocean Uncommon 1
Egypt, Oasis, Common
Egypt, Oasis, Rare
Egypt, River, Common
Egypt, River, Rare

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Tragic Clownfish Ocean Common 2

Ocean Uncommon 1
Ocean Rare

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Blowfish Ocean Common 1

Ocean Uncommon 2
Ocean Rare

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Piranha Lake Uncommon 1

Lake Rare

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Black Goldfish Lake Common 1

Lake Rare
Robot Fish
China, Uncommon
China, Rare
France, Uncommon

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Salmon Lake Common 1

Lake Common 2
Lake Uncommon 2
Ocean Common 1
Egypt, River, Common
Egypt, River, Rare

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Swordfish Ocean Common 1

Ocean Uncommon 2

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Shark Lake Uncommon 1

Lake Rare
Ocean Common 2
Ocean Uncommon 1
Ocean Rare

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Angelfish Lake Common 2

Lake Uncommon 2
Lake Rare
Ocean Rare
Ocean Uncommon 2
China, Uncommon
China, Common

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Fish Fishing Spawner EP
Vampire Fish Lake Rare

Robot Fish
Deathfish/Graveyard

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Robot Fish Robot Fish
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Lobster Lake Common 2

Lake Uncommon 1
Lake Rare
Ocean Common 2
Ocean Uncommon 1
Egypt, River, Rare

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Deathfish Deathfish/Graveyard


(12 AM - 5 AM only)

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Frog Egypt, Oasis, Common

Egypt, Oasis, Rare
France, Common 1
France, Common 2
France, Frog Pond
France, Uncommon
France, Rare

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Doitsu Koi China, Common

China, Koi 2

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Kawarimono Koi China, Common

China, Koi 1
China, Uncommon
China, Rare

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Snails France, Common 1

France, Common 2
France, Uncommon

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Crocodile Egypt, Oasis, Common

Egypt, Oasis, Rare
Egypt, River, Common
Egypt, River, Rare

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Ochiba Koi China, Koi 2

China, Uncommon
China, Rare

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Crawfish France, Common 1

France, Common 2
France, Uncommon

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Tancho Koi China, Dragon Fish

China, Koi 1
China, Koi 2
China, RareChina, Koi 2
China, Rare

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Mummy Fish Egypt, MummyFish
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Dragon Fish China, Dragon Fish

China, Koi 1
China, Koi 2
China, Rare

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Sea Sludge
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Kissing Gourami
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Sewer Trilobite
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Sea Bat Starfish
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Linckia Starfish
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Ninja Starfish
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Fairy Damsel Ocean Rare

Ocean Uncommon 2
Lake Uncommon 2

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Luminous Salamander Ocean Rare

Ocean Uncommon 2
Lake Uncommon 1
Lake Uncommon 2

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Toad Egypt, Oasis, Common

Egypt, Oasis, Rare
France, Common 1
France, Common 2
France, Frog Pond
France, Uncommon
Lake Common 1
Lake Common 2
France, Rare
Lake Uncommon 2

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Opportunities Edit

Opportunity Description Reward
A Fish of Life and Death Catch a Deathfish and Deliver Deathfish at the Science Facility to earn some money. §350 + § Variable
A Plumber and Fisherman Unclog pipes at City Hall before time runs out to earn some money. §500 + 1x Random Fish
An Excellent Catch Catch an excellent fish and Sell Fish at the Supermarket to earn some money. § Variable
Aquarium Fishing Attend Fishing Competition at the Supermarket before time runs out to catch an assortment of fish. §1,000 + 5x Random Fish
Fishing for Suits Teach Fishing Seminar at the Business Office before time runs out to earn some money. § Variable
Fresh Fish Catch 3 fish, then Sell Fish at the Supermarket to earn some money. § Variable
Funny Looking Fish Catch a Tragic Clownfish at the Theatre to earn some money. §250 + § Variable
Heaps of Fresh Fish Catch 15 fish, then Sell Fish at the Supermarket to earn some money. § Variable
Lobsters in Demand! Catch a Lobster and Sell Lobster to the Supermarket to earn some money. §100 + § Variable
Lots of Fresh Fish Catch 6 fish, then Sell Fish at the Supermarket to earn some money. § Variable
Monster from the Deep Catch Behemoth at the Science Facility before time runs out to earn some money. §4,000
Piscine Perfection Catch a perfect fish and Sell Fish at the Supermarket to earn some money. § Variable
Robot Fish v2.0 Catch a Robot Fish and Sell Robot Fish at the Science Facility to earn some money. §350 + § Variable
Say Hello to My Little Fish Catch a Black Goldfish and Sell Black Goldfish at the Police Station to earn some money. §650 + § Variable

Strange Occurrences Edit

Sometimes a Sim may fish up an old box which will give them various things. The box randomly picks and grants the Sim one object from the following list, sorted from common to rare:

Gallery Edit

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